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First Grade Programs

Alaskan Animals
Learn more about the common animals of the Campbell Tract and the adaptations that enable them to survive. Click here to learn more.

Beetles, Butterflies, and Bugs
Get up close and personal with insects and other crawly creatures. Click here to learn more.

Fossil Finders
Step back in time and explore the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures! Click here to learn more.

Sensational Senses
Venture into the great outdoors! Explore the natural environment while using all your sense. Click here to find out more.

Custom-Designed Programs
Don't see what you want here? We can custom design a program specifically for you! Click here to find out more.



 


Beetles, Butterflies, and Bugs
Get up close and personal with insects and other crawly creatures. Young entomologists use nets to capture insects and magnifiers to observe them in the field. Students try out different insect mouth parts, act out insect behaviors, and use their creative energies to build a Mini Beast. Program is best in spring, summer, or fall.


Program Goals
Students will:

  • Be able to name the parts of an insect.
  • Be able to describe one insect adaptation.
  • Be able to group insects based on characteristics.
  • Feel comfortable and excited to spend time outside looking for insects.

Possible Activities

  • Build your own insect using arts and crafts materials.
  • Go on an insect investigation hike.
  • Practice using hand lenses, bug nets, and other tools scientists use to capture and look at insects.

STEM Skills
Students will:

  • Use hand lenses.
  • Categorize animals.
  • Observe outdoor animal evidence.

Standards Addressed
NGSS--1-LS1-1
AK--[3]SA3.1, [3]SA1.1, [3]SC2.1-2, [3]SC1.1-2, [3]SD4.3
Common Core--1.MD


Alaskan Animals
Fur and feathers and fat, oh my! Hands-on activities, animal displays, and a hike through the woods immerse children in the world of Alaskan animals. Students investigate animal characteristics and solve an animal tracking mystery while learning about special features that enable animals to survive in Alaska.


Program Goals
Students will:

  • Be able to describe an Alaskan animal adaptation.
  • Be able to describe an animal habitat.
  • Look for evidence of animals, such as tracks, scat, and bite marks, within the animals' habitats.
  • Feel comfortable and excited about being outside.

Possible Activities

  • Animal tracking hike.
  • Hands-on animal exploration with furs, skulls, and other examples of real animal evidence.
  • "Build-an-Animal" session in which one student gets dressed like an Alaskan animal to help everyone learn about its adaptations.

STEM Skills
Students will:

  • Use scientific tools, such as hand lenses.
  • Use observational skills.
Standards Addressed
NGSS--2-LS4-1
AK--[3]SA3.1, [3]SA1.1, [3]SC2.2, [3]SC1.1
Common Core--1.MD

Fossil Finders

Children dress up as dinosaurs to learn about special features that helped these ancient reptiles get around, defend themselves, and eat different foods. Junior paleontologists make fossil imprints and go on a mini-excavation. Througout the day, children embark on a dinosaur safari and a tracking expedition of Alaska's animals.


Program Goals
Students will:

  • Know that dinosaurs lived in Alaska millions of years ago but have similarities to animals that are alive today.
  • Compare sizes of dinosaurs, differences in diets, and different bones.
  • Be able to describe how fossils form.
  • Feel comfortable and excited to spend time outside learning about fossils.

Possible Activities

  • Dressing up as a dinosaur to learn the adaptations of different dinosaurs and how those dinosaurs lived. 
  • Simlation dig for fossils.
  • Looking for dinosaur tracks and other animal evidence on an expedition hike.
  • Making a fossil to take home at the end of the day.

STEM Skills
Students will:
  • Count toes on tracks.
  • Categorize animals.
  • Observe outdoor animal evidence.
Standards Addressed
NGSS--1-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1
AK--[3]SC1.1, [4]SC1.2, [3]SA1.1, [3]SD4.3
Common Core--K.MD

Sensational Senses

Venture into the great outdoors! Explore the natural environment while using the senses of sight, smell, touch, and hearing through hands-on activities and games. Students use simple tools, such as hand lenses, thermometers, and binoculars, that amplify their senses and enable them to collect information just like scientists do.


Program Goals
Students will:

  • Be able to describe how animals use their senses to survive.
  • Answer questions about the natural environment using their senses.
  • Use tools to enance their senses.
  • Deepen understanding of their senses using hands-on activities.
  • Feel comfortable and excited about being outside.

Possible Activities 

  • A guided sensory walk on the trails using tools, such as mirrors, color wheels, and hand lenses, and games to explore surroundings.
  • Games to practice using senses, such as "Bat and Moth," "Camouflage," and "Mama Moose."
  • Practice using tools that increase perceptions, including binoculars and hand lenses.
  • Hands-on exploration of animal fur and other natural objects to learn about animals.

STEM Skills
Students will:

  • Practice using scientific tools to enhance senses.

Science and Math Standards Addressed
NGSS--1-LS1-1
AK--[3]M4.1.1, [3]SA1.1, [3]SB1.1, [3]SD4.3
Common Core--K.MD


Custom-Designed Programs
Don't see what you want here? We can custom design a program specifically for you! Click here to find out more.